Sanco pleased with progress in Bozwana murder

2016-06-12 18:53
North West businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Dumisane Lubisi

North West businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Dumisane Lubisi

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Pretoria  The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the North West has applauded police handling of the Wandile Bozwana case following the arrest of a man who is said to have played a pivotal role in the murder.

“Justice will be served and the Bozwana family will find closure when the real masterminds behind Bozwana's cold blooded murder are behind bars,” said provincial chairperson, Paul Sebegoe. “The suspect that is reportedly singing like a canary must sing to the last critical note."

Sebegoe said a watertight case and successful prosecution of the suspects would restore public confidence in the criminal justice system.

The man was arrested on June 5 following a tip-off to the Hawks regarding his whereabouts. The informant told police the man was at Buyafuthi Hostel in Katlehong. He was arrested while driving with an unknown man in a Toyota Conquest at the corner of Kliprivier and R554. 

Ambushed

He was then taken to the Brooklyn Police Station for detention. The suspect, who is known to News24, was charged and made to appear before Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on June 7. Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.

He said the man would reappear on June 22 when he would join the other suspects.

Businessman Bozwana died in hospital after being ambushed in October in what is believed to be a hit while he was a passenger in a yellow Renault Clio.

Police said the Clio, driven by Bozwana’s female companion, Mpho Baloyi, was stationary at a traffic light on the N1 Garsfontein off-ramp when a BMW M3 pulled up next to them.

A man jumped out and opened fire. The 43-year-old Bozwana was hit by at least nine bullets. Baloyi, who was hit twice, survived. Two men were arrested last year in connection with the murder. They were found in possession of semi-automatic and automatic rifles and ammunition.

The third man was arrested in January.

Spilling the beans

City Press reported that two sources close to the investigation said that the man, whose alleged role in the murder was to co-ordinate the hitmen and liaise with the “masterminds”, was already spilling the beans on who were the real masterminds.

“He has already provided some information to the investigation team that will guide them to... more people who ordered the hit,” said a highly placed source.

The publication reported R100 000 was paid to the hitmen and that politicians and businessmen were involved in the killing. Due to the planning of the hit, there was no way Bozwana could escape it. Ten individuals had already been approached to give statements to the Hawks investigators.

"The allegations by City Press that businessmen and politicians who had paid the hitmen R100 000 were the masterminds behind Bozwana's assassination suggest that speculations that his death was a hit orchestrated by those who stood to benefit from his death were not entirely off the mark," Sebegoe said.

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